The Emblem Hotel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the private member’s club and use of the sauna, steamroom, gym and rooftop terrace
- Top location: Close to the Old Town and hip ’hood Zizkov; Prague Castle and the happening Holesovice district are just across the river
- Sleek Art Deco styling and decadent guestrooms
What To Know
- Staff leads fitness runs for healthy sightseeing
- Lightning-fast WiFi
- Guests can borrow a tablet with a built-in city guide app
- The rooftop terrace is open April through October
- Buffet Breakfast is an additional $17 per person
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a quiet street in Prague’s Stare Mesto quarter, a block from Old Town Square, the Emblem is a 59-room boutique hotel in a pre-war office building that blends original period features with plush but understated modernist elements. Designed to evoke the Prague tradition of artists salons, the public lounges are areas for reflection, networking and even cigar smoking and are decked out with wood, leather and marble surfaces collected from far-flung locales. Check-in is via an iPad in the Art Deco lobby as you sit with a drink in hand.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are decorated with Italian leather banquette walls, restored stone surfaces and furniture fashioned from unique wood grain. Nespresso coffee machines and 40-inch flat-screen TVs come standard, and the all-marble bathrooms come with rain showers and products from French brand Pure Altitude. Windows open onto views of the historic Old Town of cobblestones and ornate gables.
The 70-seat George Prime Steak restaurant, helmed by Slovak emigré George Betak, is dedicated to his vision of introducing the organically raised USDA Prime beef he cherishes to the heart of Central Europe. With T-bone cuts of 30-day aged steak procured from a handful of Midwestern farms, the George also offers one of Europe’s most extensive California wine collections. Plug into the Prague intellectual community with your included membership to the Maharal Club, which hosts talks and gatherings on current topics by academics, artists and visionaries amid a climate of convivial cognac-fueled debate revived from another era. Mind doesn’t have to take precedence over body, though: The top-floor gym, sauna, steam room and rooftop spa terrace are illuminated by Prague’s city lights.
In the Area
The Stare Mesto district, the medieval heart of the city, is packed with arts venues, palaces with florid stone façades and 18th-century churches. You’ll also find the classic Czech pub U Medvidku and Prague’s newest wave of hipster bars and clubs. The area’s bordered by the Vltava river, where a growing embankment scene offers fresh perspectives on Prague Castle’s spires and the Charles Bridge’s timeless arches. The nearby Rudolfinum hosts the esteemed Czech Philharmonic, while Parizska Street draws Russian model and mogul types, all nestled against the former Jewish ghetto of Josefov with its must-see Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back seven centuries. Nearby Old Town Square is home to the Gothic National Gallery properties and the Tyn church, in which legendary stargazer Tycho Brahe is entombed. A 15-minute stroll across the river to Mala Strana leads to quiet, leafy idylls, craftspeople’s workshops, jazz clubs and embassy row.
How to Get There
Simply perfect staff eccellent clean brautifull breakfast location very good . Room confortable . Very clean . Fantastic experience . All staff profesional and friendly. Location in good position . Absolutly ro try the experience ro stay in this horel
Stylish boutique hotel of high standards, you cannot be more centrally located than that, one min from old sqare but in a quiet street. Rooms are rather small, but for a few days its ok. Staff is great and very helpfull.
My husband and I spent 4 nights here last month. It was definitely one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. Personal friendly greeting upon arrival with refreshments offered whilst checking in - not at a desk but whilst sitting in comfy chairs. Our room was ready and lovely. Not huge but plenty of room. The bathroom was very well equipped and very functional. Best makeup magnifying mirror ever! Lighting excellent too in the bathroom and terrific shower and separate large bathtub. The breakfasts are delicious with a wide variety available. Special touches included a complimentary 30 minute jacuzzi session with a cold bottle of prosecco on the private roof terrace (so good we booked another hour session the next day!) and the very nice guest lounge/club in the basement. Only guests can enter using room key where there are coffees, teas, cold drinks, lounge sofas and chairs, music, tv, games room to enjoy after an exhausting day of sightseeing. The GEORGE Steak House is also wonderful though pricey as fine dining. The Conceirge, Erica, helped us a lot to organise a good money exchange place, a day tour to the Terezen concentration camp, and other helpful hints. Another nice touch is that each room has a happy phone that you can take with you and use for touristy info, maps, guides, and free phone calls and web! Rechargeable in the rooms. Lastly, when our flight back to London was cancelled after waiting 7 hours at the airport and BA telling us all hotels were full, we called The Emblem and they immediately took us back in and helped us very early the next day to figure out our flight home and get us to the airport. Excellent experience, highly recommend and can’t wait to go back. We wish the owner would open up similar hotels elsewhere in the world!
I enjoyed my stay here. Checking is handled in the lounge with a cup of coffee rather than in lines Standing up. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. Breakfast is expensive but delicious. The bar has very creative cocktails, and the roof deck is lovely.
From the time you are greeted at the front door when you arrive, to check-in, to having staff attend to or answer any questions you have, I can't say enough about the high quality of service at The Emblem, The staff is exceptional, service is generally impeccable, and the location is superb. In particular, Teresa is extraordinarily helpful and a true delight with whom to work. Now, the one hitch. My wife and i made spa appointments well in advance and clearly asked for two female therapists. However, when we arrived for our appointments, we were told there would be a male and a female therapist. Perhaps that's not a big deal to some, but it was to us and I had made the appointments a few weeks before. There was plenty of time for any questions or notice of changes. The woman working at the spa was borderline rude..... curt, for sure.... and we were told there was basically nothing that could be done. A bit of a language barrier didn't help. We went ahead with the appointments, which led to probably the least enjoyable 90 minute massage I'd ever had. We were very disappointed that what is not an inexpensive treat turned out to be so unfulfilling. I mentioned this to the young lady working the front desk and believed the manager might get back to us or make some kind of accommodation. That didn't happen. I feel like they dropped the ball on this one and a perfect stay became a little less so. And at some cost. So, beware of any spa appointments. Check and recheck. Otherwise, it's a wonderful spot and certainly deserves your consideration.